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Reconsider attrition law as way to manage fiscal woes, DOF urged

July 12, 2010

The Attrition Act moreover paves the way for the unnecessary streamlining of government bureaucracy. Research group IBON Foundation calls on the Department of Finance (DoF) to reconsider its proposal of strengthening the attrition law to address the country’s deficit, saying that the measure passes the burden of efficiency to government workers and deregulates government function […]

Recent power hike highlights urgency of repealing EPIRA

June 10, 2010

The latest rate hike announced by Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) reinforces consumers’ long-time demand to repeal Republic Act 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001. Research group IBON also urges Pres. Aquino, who as Tarlac representative voted against the EPIRA in 2001, to take steps in repealing the pro-corporation law. Under […]

Aquino urged to consider alternative fiscal solutions to improve RP revenues

June 9, 2010

As the cabinet of Pres. Aquino lists efforts to address the country’s budget deficit, research group IBON urges the new administration to look into alternative fiscal solutions instead of resorting to measures that have failed in the past. As the cabinet of Pres. Aquino lists efforts to address the country’s budget deficit, research group IBON […]

Teachers group calls on incoming gov’t to address education woes

June 8, 2010

Education for Development | The Arroyo administration has given lowest priority to education in the national budget since the term of Pres. Corazon Aquino Teachers group Educators for Development (EfD) calls on the incoming administration to give more priority to education as the 2010-2011 school year starts this month with the education sector in decline […]

Despite hike, NCR wage worth only P242: Workers get smallest increase in real wages under Arroyo Gov’t

June 8, 2010

The Arroyo administration has the longest-running term since Marcos but has seen the smallest increase in workers’ real wages over the last nine-and-a-half years The recently announced P22-wage hike in the NCR brings the real or inflation-adjusted minimum wage to only P242 based on 2000 prices, according to research group IBON. This estimate assumes an […]

Current NCR minimum wage only worth P235: Gov’t urged to raise wages to decent level

June 1, 2010

The minimum wage has been unchanged in NCR since September 2008 and Filipino workers are in effect bearing the burden of adjustment to the current global crisis. As wage boards deliberate on the wage increase for Metro Manila workers, research group IBON urges government to approximate the wage hike to the estimated family living wage, […]

RP gov’t urged to resist EU pressure for ‘economic integration’

May 28, 2010

The Philippine government should assert its right to implement the development policies that it needs. The just-concluded EU-ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Madrid ended with apparent agreement on economic integration mechanisms and the EU calling the ASEAN countries not to implement protectionist measures. But according to research group IBON, the Philippine government should assert its […]

Poverty, joblessness despite GDP growth puzzling

May 27, 2010

The incoming Aquino administration needs to acknowledge that it is inheriting a distorted economy that is not delivering development to the people. The reported 7.3% growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2010 is seemingly good news especially coming from the steep fall in economic growth since 2008. However any enthusiasm […]

Aquino urged to resist pressure for new taxes

May 19, 2010

A genuinely reformist approach to the fiscal crisis is possible. The new administration is challenged to put forward pro-people initiatives to address the fiscal crisis, but front-running presidential candidate Sen. Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino has yet to take a strong progressive position on the country’s fiscal problems, said research group IBON. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), […]